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by Russ Williams
August 18th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11509
Views: 533257

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

1 - 2008 Dom Pérignon 750 ($144) Hardly worth posting about 1 bottle but it’s much bigger than the bottle. See my only daughter was born in 2008. (3 boys 1 girl) It would be a shame if dad didn’t have lots of 2008 Champaign (rose also) for her to celebrate her life milestones with. So this is the f...
by Russ Williams
August 15th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 64
Views: 4373

Re: Rhys Hillsides

Peter Petersen wrote:
August 9th, 2019, 8:07 am
Prices have gone up $2000-3000 every year he was in college and, yes, it does include room and board. This is standard pricing for elite schools these days!!!
Thank goodness both my daughters got into UVA. Elite school and tuition plus R & B was less than $25K.
by Russ Williams
August 14th, 2019, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 32
Views: 2056

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

Nice offering of the 2014 Marguets. I couldn’t help but grab a mixed 6-pack. Pricing was very good.
by Russ Williams
August 13th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 33
Views: 1963

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

lleichtman wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Ordered everything in the allocation.
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by Russ Williams
August 11th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25463

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Paul H Galli wrote:
August 11th, 2019, 8:17 am
Kim Z wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Those of us in California understand this is an off the charts hyper-regulated, environmentally excessive, business unfriendly state.
Truer words were never spoken....

TTT
And why people are fleeing the state in large numbers.
by Russ Williams
August 10th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cold calls from wineries?
Replies: 16
Views: 1379

Re: Cold calls from wineries?

Seems to me we are seeing a classic case of supply and demand at work.
by Russ Williams
August 10th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 512
Views: 25535

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Progress is finally being made. 66 less bottles purchased YTD compared to same time last year and 133 less bottles compared to 2016 which was my worst buying year. It is amazing what pending retirement does for motivation.
by Russ Williams
August 9th, 2019, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 64
Views: 4373

Re: Rhys Hillsides

For $75,000 I assume that includes room and board and hopefully this is for 2 children.
by Russ Williams
August 8th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2175

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

Henry Kiichli wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 5:45 am
Russ Williams wrote:
August 1st, 2019, 9:31 am
375ml glass bottle filled to the top with a screw cap and kept in the fridge. Works beautifully and just about free.

Agree. I have a couple of .375s, a .500, and a .250.
Why are other solutions still being discussed. [scratch.gif]
by Russ Williams
August 7th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 64
Views: 4373

Re: Rhys Hillsides

Kevin Harvey wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Jeremy Holmes wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Jim Brennan wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 11:55 am
Has anyone heard what the tariff is going to be?
$3.76M
At that price we are willing to offer a 10% case discount!

More seriously...the 2016 Hillside pricing is unchanged at $149/btl and $349/magnum
Just curious Kevin, why the $50 premium for a mag...scarcity?
by Russ Williams
August 7th, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 64
Views: 4373

Re: Rhys Hillsides

Was an email sent about this release? Yes, I received it around noon EDT yesterday. Here's the text: After two long years, the Hillsides are back with the 2016 vintage offering!! Shortly after the 2016 harvest we were excited to see that the vintage had produced some barrels of truly exceptional qu...
by Russ Williams
August 7th, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 64
Views: 4373

Re: Rhys Hillsides

Was an email sent about this release?
by Russ Williams
August 3rd, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 33
Views: 1963

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

I opened a 2011 Heintz last night and it is a delicious Chardonnay with bright lemon-lime fruit with some grapefruit notes showing up on the long finish. The acidity is in perfect balance with the fruit. These are getting pricey, especially with the shipping, but they are in a small company of the b...
by Russ Williams
August 3rd, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25463

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

I’m certainly not going to boycott over this infraction. It’d be very hard to prove that using the water for irrigation would take water away from an estuary. This something people have studied and it would appear that lots of collected rain water going into the soil is recycled lower down rivers a...
by Russ Williams
August 3rd, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25463

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Josh, for whatever reason, obviously has some issues with Kevin and I assume other folks who have been successful in their careers. I wonder if Josh has ever met Kevin to be in any position to judge his character?
by Russ Williams
August 2nd, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the perils of sharing allocations
Replies: 39
Views: 3556

Re: the perils of sharing allocations

You probably will not like this response, but I was where you are not long ago and on way too many mailing list. I spent decades building up my cellar and a lot of mailing list played a big part in this effort as well as got me hooked on my love of all things wine. However, I finally realized I was ...
by Russ Williams
August 2nd, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25463

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Certainly was not expecting to read anything like this when I entered the forum.
by Russ Williams
August 1st, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2175

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

375ml glass bottle filled to the top with a screw cap and kept in the fridge. Works beautifully and just about free.
by Russ Williams
July 30th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11509
Views: 533257

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Jayson Cohen wrote:
July 30th, 2019, 6:59 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 30th, 2019, 9:34 am
A few Thierry Richoux Irancy 2015
That was a tempting offer.
I drank through a six pack of the 2009 and it was a very uninspiring wine.
by Russ Williams
July 26th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6022

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

Thanks guys and very happy to hear about Jeff and the Rhys team’s excitement around this wine.
by Russ Williams
July 25th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1571
Views: 85800

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

BenW wrote:
July 25th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Thoughts on the Dumenil 2006 Millesime?
2008 actually, but I passed.
by Russ Williams
July 24th, 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1571
Views: 85800

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Evan, I can see your point but I would rather (and did) get after the Mousse Special Club Rose. Yes, more $$$, but the Mousse wines are excellent, and he farms in a clean manner, as well. Between the Ruppert-Leroy and the Mousse this week, I am done buying I reckon for the week. [training.gif] I gr...
by Russ Williams
July 23rd, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11509
Views: 533257

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Bud Carey wrote:
July 23rd, 2019, 9:28 am
A mixed case of Bedrock.
Only a case? [scratch.gif] newhere
by Russ Williams
July 20th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6022

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

I had a 2012 Moussé Fils Champagne Terre d'illite Blanc de Noirs last night that is 95% Pinot Meunier and 5% PN. It was very good and I need to get more.
by Russ Williams
July 19th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11509
Views: 533257

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2015 Rhys Sparkling BdB
by Russ Williams
July 9th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 80
Views: 5409

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

EHeffner wrote:
July 9th, 2019, 3:23 pm
For those who have purchased before, did you find the premium for the Lore worth it over the other SVD? Seems like the Lore will make a great anniversary wine in the future. Will probably grab one either way
If your a Cab fan I would say buy 2-3 Lore and call it a day.
by Russ Williams
July 8th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1571
Views: 85800

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Frank Murray III wrote:
July 7th, 2019, 12:05 pm
I see that Greg offered the Mouzon-Leroux L'ascendant today. I drank one of those last week and it was terrific. For $45, like the Mousse last week, I'm in for a few more to build those back up in the cellar.
I grabbed a couple.
by Russ Williams
July 8th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto Champagne vs. White
Replies: 21
Views: 1211

Re: Zalto Champagne vs. White

I’m a fan of the Universal and the GGG. GGG is pretty much my go to for all wines.
by Russ Williams
July 8th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Old Vines Summa
Replies: 6
Views: 671

Re: TN: 2005 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Old Vines Summa

Thanks for the note. I've just started buying the Old Vines Summa with the 2017 vintage, is there a drinking window I should look at for this bottling? I found even the 2017 Sonoma Coast in need of bottle time. In my experience this wine starts entering it’s peak window around 10 years of age and i...
by Russ Williams
July 6th, 2019, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So what mailing list offerings are you still anticipating this year?
Replies: 36
Views: 2822

Re: So what mailing list offerings are you still anticipating this year?

Frank Murray III wrote:
July 5th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Carlisle plus the Rhys Sparkling.
Surprised to see Carlisle Frank since they are high alcohol wines.
by Russ Williams
July 4th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13601

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

One of the sillier things I recall about the Squires board was the enormous perceived importance of one's post count. You got a new moniker at a certain threshold, like from an "Executive Oenophile" to a "Senior Executive Oenophile". I want to say there was some ridiculous title of "Grand Poobah" i...
by Russ Williams
July 2nd, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine
Replies: 33
Views: 1339

Re: TN: 2014 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine

Thoughts on if Bouchard did well with the 17 Val Vilaine? I’m assuming so, but thought I’d throw it out there. When I visited last month, we only went as recent as 16 Val Vilaine, which is superb. But in general, I think if Cédric bottles it, it's worth drinking. He is absolutely uncompromising at ...
by Russ Williams
July 2nd, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11509
Views: 533257

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2017 Cedric Bouchard Val Vilaine
NV Marc Hebrart Rosé
by Russ Williams
July 1st, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 512
Views: 25535

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Well...so far this year purchases - consumption = +24. Not bad, but I have to be stronger the 2nd half of the year.
by Russ Williams
June 30th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Copain Hawks Butte Syrah
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: TN: 2014 Copain Hawks Butte Syrah

Thanks Frank for the heads up. I still have a few scattered across 2010-2015. I will plan to drink up my '10, '11 & '14. I didn't purchase the '12.
by Russ Williams
June 29th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)
Replies: 26
Views: 2044

Re: TN: 2010 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)

Anyone had the 2009 recently? I had my last 2009 in March of 2018 and how I WISH this wine wasn't the 'new hotness' with the price to prove it, as the 2009 was, when I had it, absolutely firing on all cylinders more than any wine I've had around that time. Amazing just over a year ago! I stopped bu...
by Russ Williams
June 27th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3915

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

Dennis Atick wrote:
June 27th, 2019, 8:33 am
Going to be 103 in Montalcino when we arrive tomorrow. Yay me!
Wow...sorry to hear this crazy heat wave is impacting your vacation.
by Russ Williams
June 27th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Jose Dhondt Champagne Grand Cru Mes Vieilles Vignes Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 10
Views: 477

Re: TN: 2011 Jose Dhondt Champagne Grand Cru Mes Vieilles Vignes Blanc de Blancs

I have a handful of the 2014 in Mag. Your note on a lesser vintage gives me high hopes for these Mags and sounds like I should be a bit patient.
by Russ Williams
June 25th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 746
Views: 47146

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

From last night. Paid $50 for this at Envoyer, FWIW. Dig it. 2012 Nathalie Falmet Champagne Tentation Rosée - France, Champagne (6/23/2019) First of three bottles. Disgorged June 2018, 5 g/l with a 50/50 blend of PN/PM. The color on this is ruby, almost like a red wine. Consistent with the color, t...
by Russ Williams
June 24th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 746
Views: 47146

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Andrew A r n t f i e l d wrote:
June 24th, 2019, 11:48 am
Over the past week:

1995 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires
2002 Gosset Celebris Extra Brut

Both were superb. Regrettably, it was my last bottle of the '95 Heidsieck. Awaiting arrival of the 2004s.
Envoyer just offered the 2004 today. The price however is $139.
by Russ Williams
June 21st, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 746
Views: 47146

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

alan weinberg wrote:
June 20th, 2019, 8:43 pm
gonna drink an 08 Guy Larmandier Signe François VV based on chet’s rec—tomorrow.
Please post notes.
by Russ Williams
June 20th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni gets no love here
Replies: 38
Views: 1714

Re: Pisoni gets no love here

Larger framed indeed and it is an eye opening experience to drink this along side an Arcadian. I stopped enjoying larger famed pinots a long time ago. Thankfully we don’t all like the same style of wines.
by Russ Williams
June 17th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ultramarine Rosé Heintz Vineyard
Replies: 19
Views: 722

Re: TN: 2014 Ultramarine Rosé Heintz Vineyard

Can someone help me with the insane hype for these wines. The auction price on CT is $173 and Wine Searcher shows a couple of retailers selling it for $225-$299...WTF??
by Russ Williams
June 13th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Kutch Falstaff Pinot Noir
Replies: 9
Views: 967

Re: TN: 2017 Kutch Falstaff Pinot Noir

Falstaff has always been my favorite vineyard.
by Russ Williams
June 13th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No dosage champagne
Replies: 20
Views: 1426

Re: No dosage champagne

Bouchard Val Vilaine is my favorite no dosage.
by Russ Williams
June 10th, 2019, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: some Frenchies -- Tempier, Tremblay, C. Bouchard, Montille
Replies: 8
Views: 1304

Re: TNs: some Frenchies -- Tempier, Tremblay, C. Bouchard, Montille

I’m a huge fan of the Val Vilaine and this is another case of why I’m glad we don’t all like the same wines...
by Russ Williams
June 8th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1571
Views: 85800

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

About the Hebrart mags, I’m kinda conflicted. I love champagne magnums, but.... don’t these wines take a while to enter their window??? Thanks Not sure what your definition of ”take a while” is, but for my palate these start showing nicely with 3-5 years from disgorgement and will likely continue t...

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